Start Date: 2/13/2019 7:45 AM EST
End Date: 2/13/2019 10:00 AM EST
Venue Name: Valo Park (Formerly Gannett/Tegna) Location:
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA United States 22102
HR Alliance DC
Networking: 7:45 - 8:15 AM
Join us early for an opportunity to meet new people!
Over the past decade, the conversation around culture and wellbeing has shifted from one that is focused primarily on physical health and perks to one that is focused more on re-humanizing the workplace. Fortunately, we’ve learned that there is more to being well and thriving than having healthy blood pressure, eating apples and doing yoga. When we think of what it takes to become an employer of choice, most of us are familiar with the importance of focusing on culture, wellbeing, employee engagement and learning and development. The goal is for people to come to work energized, inspired, and equipped to be the best version of themselves.
The result of this more human-centric approach is improved retention, recruitment, morale, engagement, and performance. Yet few of us intentionally build strategy around bringing specific strategic discussions to the table about an increasingly important topic essential to ideal workplaces in today’s times: Kindness.
A lack of kindness in the workplace has a negative ripple effect on morale, communication, performance, retention, as well as brand image. It might seem "fluffy" to focus on kindness in the workplace, but kindness, caring and compassion are at the core of lasting relationships, strong leadership, thriving people, and healthy workplaces. In short, a successful work culture can — and should — include more of an emphasis on kindness. Because being nice matters.
In this session, you will:
- Explore the business case for kindness and the emerging research highlighting its essential role in our corporate strategy.
- Participate in several engaging, interactive activities that you can bring back to your company.
- Discover the direct, casual and measurable effect of kindness on wellbeing.
- Learn a three-step process for sharing any feedback in a kind manner.
- Identify specific, practical ways you can immediately begin engaging your organization in strategic initiatives that promote kindness and compassion at work.
Rachel Druckenmiller, MS
is a catalyst who releases possibilities in people and in organizations. As a nationally recognized speaker, writer, and change agent, her mission is to foster connection and community in the workplace, so people can feel alive, be their best selves, and do their best work.
Starting her career in 2003 with SIG, she launched the firm’s wellness division in 2007. In her role there, she supported companies to engage and connect their employees in meaningful ways, so they could become employers of choice. She recently stepped into the role of Director of Wellbeing for the Alera Group, one of the largest benefits consulting firms in the country, and looks to expand her impact and reach even further.
Rachel has participated in several national, invite-only think tanks to help shape and transform the future of the wellness industry and is often one of the youngest people in the room. As a top industry expert, she has been featured on several podcasts, including the National Wellness Institute, Redesigning Wellness, and eX The Employee Experience Podcast. She has been quoted in three books published in 2018: The Healthy Workplace Nudge, The Epstein Barr Virus Solution, and Unlocking High Performance.
Rachel was one of the first individuals in the employee benefits industry to bring the conversation of “wellbeing” to the forefront and has become a recognized thought leader in her field. Her leadership has helped to reframe wellness in a more holistic way, modeled after Gallup’s five-dimensional model of wellbeing. Because of Rachel’s leadership, wellbeing has become an integral component of SIG’s culture and a key differentiator for their clients. Rachel’s influence has led to SIG offering training and educational sessions to organizations along with workplace culture coaching, which is unique in the insurance industry. Rachel helps SIG stay ahead of the wellness curve by constantly seeking innovative solutions that truly impact people’s lives rather than just requiring them to check a box. In 2018, she also launched a Culture Underground initiative that brings together accounting professionals to share best practices related to people development.
Rachel is a Licensed Thriving Workplace Culture Consultant through Salveo Partners, a Wellness Culture Coach through the Human Resources Institute, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Health, and a Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert (CNE) through the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. She has a Master’s degree in Health Science with concentrations in Community Health Education and Health Administration and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
This program has been preapproved by HRCI for 1.5 HR (General)
recertification credit hours toward aPHRTM
, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRiTM
. The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s (HRCI) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.
This program has been submitted to SHRM and is valid for 1.5 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM